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Attorney General Jeff Sessions got into a tense back-and-forth exchange with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday over Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
The questioning grew so contentious at one point that Harris had to be reminded by Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr to let the witness respond. Moments after the exchange had concluded, allegations of racism were swirling on Twitter.
Harris relentlessly pressed Sessions on his contact with Russian officials, businessmen, or nationals. Sessions essentially told the Democrat he doesn’t “recall” any meetings with Russians that haven’t been disclosed publicly.
But when Harris attempted to get Sessions to provide shorter answers, things took a tense turn.
“If I don’t qualify it, you’ll accuse me of lying,” Sessions shot back. “So I need to be correct as best I can and I’m not able to be rushed this fast, it makes me nervous.”
Kamala Harris vs. Jeff Sessions. Fireworks. https://t.co/iHnA64R5QP
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 13, 2017
During a later contentious exchange, Harris grilled Sessions about whether he consulted with Justice Department officials on his legal justification to decline to answer certain questions during the hearing. She interrupted Sessions on more than one occasion, leading to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) interrupting the hearing to request that the attorney general be allowed to answer.
That's when Sen. Burr chimed in and told Harris to let the witness answer her question.
The hot takes were almost instantaneous:
Harris never did get the answers she was looking for, as Sessions said several times throughout Tuesday's hearing that it would be “inappropriate” to discuss his conversations with President Donald Trump.